Easter Dressing – Simplicity 1873 Review

I did it.

I sewed an entire dress for myself. Literally.

Let’s start with the cumbersome portion of this journey, shall we?

I happen to HATE picking out fabric when I am under stress. Now, that’s not to be confused with me hating to pick out fabric. For some odd reason, when I am sewing for others, fabric and pattern choices are easy for me to choose. Not so much for me. I picked out fabric, paid for it, and found out that the weight of it was just not suitable for the dress that I decided to make. So not happy.

I had to go back to the drawing board, which in short translates to going to JoAnn’s and praying to the crafting gods that I found something this close to Easter (it was two weeks away) that I loved.

I picked out a turquoise linen blend fabric that happened to be on sale. I also go there just in time to get the last piece of material on the bolt.

This is the pattern that I chose to use, I did the ‘B’ Facing with the tabs from the ‘C’ Facing:

Here’s the front:

It happens to be wrinkled, and it happens to be a little tight, but you know what? I don’t care. I happen to love it. I love that I was able to sew something for myself for once, and that it fit.

I did measure at a 14, but I have a bit of a larger bust than most. So, I had to add extra fabric to the back bodice pieces to accommodate that, since I had already cut out the front portion of the bodice.

Here’s the back with an invisible zipper installed:

There’s still some tugging right at my lower waist (darn having such a broad back!) but I still love it.

The skirt is fully pleated and “should” come several inches above the knee. Notice I said, should. It does not, since I am 5′ 2″ and most of the people modeling these things are easily 5′ 9″, I’m sure of it. But it ended up being modest enough for Easter Sunday service, so it’s a success in my book.

Overall, Simplicity is MUCH easier to work with than McCall’s in my opinion. ¬†It was straight stitching for the most part, and use of sewing techniques that I already knew. However, I did have to do a down and dirty study of easing the fullness of a hem on a puffed skirt. Hopefully, I can find one that I actually understand for later projects.

So, how’d I do?

~Make It A Fantastic Day


  1. Whitney says:

    You did a FABULOUS job, and I LOVE the color! Wow, you really inspire me to step my game up. Or I should probably save myself the frustration and order an exact duplicate of this perfectly girly frock!! You rock!

    • Mrs. Houseful says:

      Ha! Ordering an exact replica! I happen to think that you could just do a dandy job as well. We really should have a sewing challenge sometime soon. >sigh< Thanks for coming through.

  2. Cynthia says:

    I love this dress! So cute, and the color is perfect. This definitely doesn’t look like your first dress, I would have thought it was RTW if I saw you on the street. It’s beautiful!

  3. Mrs. Houseful says:


    I take that as high praise coming from someone who has sewing skills that I absolutely am jealous of!! Thanks for coming through, and I think that my next dress is going to be the pattern that you have in your avatar now. I’ve been sitting on it for a while, and just need the right fabric (why does it TAKE so long to find just the right one?!)

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